There is no easy fix. Hitting your goals will not come without sacrifice. It sucks, but it’s true. Unless you’re in the gym working out like a mad man you can’t have a burrito every day and amazing abs.
The key to success is balance and moderation.
I’ve seen people go through all sorts of nutritional programs, diets, cleanses, etc. You name it, I probably know someone that’s done it. The problem with a lot of these programs is that they don’t set you up for long term success. Heck, I’ve tried half the programs. Whole 30 and 21 day sugar detox are 2 that come to mind. They work great for the 30 or 21 days you’re doing them. But, if you don’t stick to the plan when you’re done, you’ll lose some of the results and then often people get demotivated and slip back into their old habits.
A better way to make progress is to figure out how you currently eat. Look at that from a realistic point of view, and think of what are you willing to change long term. Start with one thing, and make it a habit. Once you’ve got that mastered, add another intervention.
It’s still hard.
Changing habits is not easy. Swapping the evening glass of wine/beer for something else takes a little getting used to. And if that is a deal breaker for you, then don’t start there.
The two things I have found the most success with are portion control and cutting out late night snacks. Portion control doesn’t mean you have to cut out your burrito or something you love. It just means you have to limit your consumption of it. If you get a burrito, cut it in half and put half of it in the fridge for the next day. Late night snacks for me often tend to be higher calorie/lower nutrition snacks (sweets, fats, stuff that’s not fueling my body). I’ve made it a point to try and eat a solid dinner before 6pm and then not eat after that. If I’m feeling hungry before bed I’ll eat a hard boiled egg (not very exciting I know). I’ll still have dessert if I’m at a party or it’s a special occasion, but I don’t need them every day.
Once you start results, it gets super motivating to keep it up. It takes a while to get results. They don’t happen overnight, and they won’t happen if you don’t make a commitment to yourself. No one can want good nutrition for you. If it’s something your struggling with, talk to someone and ask them to help hold you accountable!